EZ Community Calendar

Week of Nov 19


Register by Nov. 28… Paint & Poker Night to benefit STRONG 4 JAX on Dec 3rd from 2-5:30pm State Street Marketplace-Traverse City. $100/person, $50 due at registration. Includes choice of $50 Mary Kay gift bag, snacks, live music, one free drink ticket and your poker or canvas. Benefits medical expenses for 6 month old Jaxon Gary faced with a life threatening rare genetic disorder.  Info:231-944-9339


Now-Dec 25…Salvation Army of Cheboygan is collecting winter wear – coats, boots, hats, snowpants, gloves, etc. Drop boxes located at Ken’s Village Market-Indian River, WalMart, Family Fare, and Save-a-Lot. Info: 231-627-9003


Now-Dec 31…Northern Care Center in Cheboygan serves people that are uninsured or underinsured and they are in need of financial support to help with expenses. They also help people with personal hygiene products and laundry soap and are in need of donations. Info: 231-333-3019


Nov 22…5th Annual Lighting of the Village of Walloon 6-8pm. Includes fun activities for the entire family - decorating of sugar cookies and ornament, hot cider, hot chocolate, coffee and homemade cookies from the Walloon Lake Inn. Santa and Mrs. Claus also plan on making an appearance! Live Christmas music will also be featured. All activities will be happening on The Talcott’s patio area, next to the fire, weather permitting. If inclement weather, activities will be moved inside of The Talcott. Info: petoskeyarea.com


Nov 23…Kiwanis Turkey Trot 9a-11a. 5K & 1 mile fun run. Starts and finishes at the Boyne District Library. $30 person, $60 family All proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Boyne City. Info: boynechamber.com


Nov 23…7th Annual Turkey Trot 1 Mile & 5K. 1 mile begins at 9a, 5K at 9:30. Begins at Crossroad Industries, off Milbocker Rd – Gaylord. $15 aged 0-17; adults $30. Info: otcoys4tots.toysfortots.org


Nov 23…9th Annual Downtown Traverse City Turkey Trot, 9am at St. Francis High School. Admission: Registration is $35 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 18. All race participants will receive a long-sleeved T-shirt and goodie bag. Children running or walking must be registered. Info: traversecity.com


Nov 23…5th Annual Petoskey Turkey Trot 9am Pennsylvania Park. This year, the YMCA of Northern Michigan is hosting the turkey trot to raise money for The YMCA of Northern Michigan.as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters. Registration $20 (10/16 - 11/9) for  all participants (except children in strollers.) Prices increase $10 after November 9th. Day of registration will be available starting at 8:00am with the race beginning at 9am. Info: petoskeyarea.com


Nov 23…Free community Thanksgiving Dinner at noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall-Cheboygan. Please call to reserve a place. Delivery available. Volunteers and donations needed. Info: 231-627-9003


Nov 24…Holiday Fundraiser 5:30-8pm at Christopher’s Restaurant-Indian River. Petoskey Steel Drum Band performs, hors d’ouvres, cookies, hot chocolate, and more. $8 person. Looking for donations of clothing in good condition, person care items, non-perishable food. Proceeds benefit Kid’s Closet. Info: 231-238-9312


Nov 24-25…24-Hour Basketball Fundraiser at Traverse City West High School from noon to noon. Members of the TC West basket ball organization will play against teams for local groups that have sponsored an hour of play. Proceeds benefit Cancer Travels, a non-profit organization that provides financial assiatance to families battling cancer. Info: @tcw24hrbasketball


Nov 24…Christmas in Indian River and Craft Show. 37th Annual Craft show 10-4p at Inland Lakes High School. After, head downtown for music, story hour, food, children’s games, parade at 6pm, Santa, lighting of the Christmas tree and more! Info: irchamber.com


Nov 24…Santa Parade & Holiday Open House 5-9p Boyne City. Downtown shops and restaurants are open late for a fun holiday shopping experience, complete with specials and refreshments at many stores.


Nov 24…7th Annual Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting Celebration 3-6pm downtown Charlevoix. 3-5p Holiday craft activity at the Charlevoix Circle of Arts; free photos with Santa 3-5 at Charlevoix State Bank; cookies & hot cocoa in East Park 4-6p; parade 5:30p; tree lighting 6pm. Info: Charlevoix.org


Nov 24-26…Holiday Bazaar at the Carnegie Library-Cheboygan. Friday 4-8pm, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-3p. Info: cheboygan.com


Nov 24-Dec 16…Old Town Playhouse presents “Annie”, Thurs-Sat 7:30pm. Adults $28, under 18 $15. Info: oldtownplayhouse.com


Nov 25…Christmas Tree Lighting 6:30-8pm downtown Harbor Springs. Info: harborspringschamber.com


Nov 25…Holiday Fest noon-2p at Pond Hill Farm-Harbor Springs. Free to attend. Crafts & ornament making, wreath and centerpiece creation stations, beer & wine tasting, Santa and more! Info: pondhillfarm.com


Nov 25…Movie & Santa at the Lyric in Harbor Springs.  A special viewing of the Polar Express at 11:00 a.m. for 25 cents! Immediately following the movie, Santa will arrive outside the Lyric Theatre riding in a firetruck with all of his elves from the Harbor Springs Fire Department (approximately 12:45 p.m.). Info: harborspringschamber.com


Nov 25…Christmas Bazaar at the Les Cheneaux Community Schools-Cedarville. 10a-3p. Over 40 artisans, homemade cookies, raffles and more.


Week of Nov 26


Nov 30…Soup/Casserole Supper 4-6pm at Inverness Township Hall-Cheboygan. Enjoy homemade soups, casseroles, bread, desserts and beverages. $9 adults, Kids 12 & under $5. Proceeds benefit the Cheboygan Humane Society. Info: 231-238-8221


Dec 1…Holiday Open House-downtown St. Ignace. Music starts at 4:30pm, Santa arrives at 6:00pm, tree lighting follows Santa’s arrival. Info: saintignace.org


Dec 1…Downtown Traverse City Light Parade & Community Tree Lighting Ceremony. Parade at 6;30pm, Santa arrives via antique fire engine, live performances by Dance Arts Academy, Company Dance Traverse, Central High School Drum Line and more. Info: downtowntc.com


Dec 1…Holiday Open House 6-9pm downtown Petoskey. The streets are filled with merry entertainment by carolers and the Petoskey High School Steel Drum Band. Don't forget to visit the bean pots and enjoy a cup of soup made by the Petoskey Snowmobile Club. Info: petoskeyarea.com


Dec 1…Evening with Santa beginning at 6:30-7:30pm at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church-Cheboygan. Everyone is welcome! Cookies & drinks. Free. Info:231-627-8054


Dec 1…Chandler Park Tree Lighting Ceremony 6pm –Onaway. Cocoa, cookies, Christmas caroling & Santa! Info: 989-733-2874


Dec 2…Christmas Shopping Spree 10-4p at McLaren Northern Michigan Cheboygan Camput. Over 50 vendors. $2 admission. Info:



Dec 2…10th Annual LTBB NICWA (National Indian Child Welfare Association) Holiday Bazaar 10-4pm at the LTBB Governmental Center Commons Area-Harbor Springs. Tree decorating contest, crafts & gifts, food, raffle and more. Info: 231-242-0957


Dec 2…Community Fireworks Celebration 3-6pm at Moran Iron Works-Onaway. Santa & Mrs Claus will arrive at 3pm, tractor rides, bonfire, refreshments. Fireworks at 6pm. Free. Info: 989-733-2011


Dec 2…8th Annual Light Up The Night & Soup Cook-off Noon-7pm downtown Bellaire. Celebrate with family and friends with a day full of Holiday Events. From a free kid’s movie, ornament making to the annual “Soup Cook-Off” with 10+ participating restaurants, a visit with Santa after the “Parade of Lights.” Don’t forget the Community Tree Lighting, Caroling, and a live Nativity. Purchase tickets for the Soup Cook-Off for $5/each to sample soups from 10+ area restaurants (600 tickets available). The Cook-Off will run from 4:30 – 7 pm. Info: bellairechamber.com


Dec 2…St. Mary’s Famous Craft Show 10a-3p at St. Mary’s Gym-Charlevoix. Free admission. Info: Charlevoix.org


Dec 2…Cheboygan Lioness Club Annual Christmas Cookie Sale and Basket Raffle 11-2p in the lobby of Citizen’s National Bank-Downtown Cheboygan. Info: cheboygan.com


Dec 2…Community Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights – Cheboygan. Tree lighting 5:30p, parade at 6p followed by a community gathering in Festival Square. Info: cheboygan.com


Dec 2…Holiday Open House, 6pm, downtown Harbor Springs. Info: 231-526-7999


Dec 2…Charlevoix Merchant Open House 01-6p. Great deals, sweet treats, downtown. Info: visitcharlevoixmichigan.com


Dec 2-3…Train Wonderland 10a-3p at Castle Farms-Charlevoix. Kids of all ages will love having access to the extravaganza of model train displays, including the Polar Express and riding trains for children. Holiday games, craft, snacks, and hot cocoa are included, as well as tram rides around the Castle (weather permitting). An interactive photo booth is included. NEW this year- Riding train for adults and kids, plus carols by the Little Traverse Youth Choir from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm! Admission is $5 per person ages 2 and up. Pizza and drinks available for purchase on-site. Info: castlefarms.com


Dec 2-3…Sleigh Rides to the North Pole 10a-2p at Northern Michigan Equine Therapy-Boyne City! Hot cocoa, cookies, and pictures with Santa are available. Meet therapy horses and get into the holiday spirit! The goal of this event is to raise funds for those in need of therapy scholarships at Northern Michigan Equine Therapy. Tickets are $15 per person. Reservations only! Please call (231)881-5590 or email nmequine@gmail.com to reserve your spot!


Dec 3…Downtown Cocoa Crawl 11a-3pm. Hot chocolate competition throughout downtown Traverse City. Ballots available at participating locations. Info: downtowntc.com


Dec 3…Christmas Shop & Craft Show 10a-3p at Ellison Place-Gaylord. A variety of unique vendors and crafters with wonderful holiday gift ideas. Visit with Santa Noon-2p. Free Admission. Info: 989-858-0075


Dec 3…Benefit Hockey Game 1pm at Cheboygan Ice Pavilion. Fraternal Order of Police #122 Vs Army National Guard. Admission is any new unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots. Info: (231) 627-3255


Dec 3…Sugar Plum Fairy Tea 1-3pm at Staffords Perry Hotel-Petoskey. Enjoy traditional tea (and cocoa!) service,  two tickets to “The Nutcracker” performance of your choice, photo opportunities with the dancers and more.   Proceeds will support the year-round dance scholarship fund. Tickets start at $75 for a "Tea or Two" reservation. Info: 231-347-4337


Dec 4-6…The Northland Noteables present The Spirit of Christmas at Audie’s Restaurant-Mackinaw City starting at 6pm. Enjoy a 7 course feast and Christmas music from Madrigal to modern. Tickets $30. Info: 231-436-5744


Dec 7…Holiday Community Night starting at 5pm – downtown East Jordan.  Santa comes to town in the Grand Lighted Parade, soup cook-off at the Community Center (proceeds benefit the Care & Share Food Pantry), lighting the community Christmas Tree and more. Info: ejchamber.org


Dec 7…Downtown Cheboygan Hospitality Night 3-8pm. Holiday goodies, live music, Mystery Elf will hand out gift certificates to the first 100 customers! Info: cheboygan.com


Dec 7…Ladies Night Holiday Shopping 5-9p downtown Traverse City. Enjoy food, refreshments, specials and more! Info: downtowntc.com


Dec 8…Harbor Springs Ski Team’s 12th Annual Movie & Pizza Night Fundraiser 5-9pm at Boyne Highlands Day Lodge. See the latest Warren Miller ski flick “Line of Descent” and enjoy all you can eat pizza, salad, cookie and drink. Silent & live auction as well. Info: hsskiteam.com


Dec 8-10…Christmas in the Village – Village at Grand Traverse Commons-Traverse City. This weekend long celebration is filled with music, carriage rides, Santa Claus, shopping specials and much more. Info: traversecity.com


Dec 9…Cookie Walk 9a-11a at the First Congregational Church-Charlevoix. Homemade Christmas cookies by the thousands will be available for sale at $7/pound. Fill your cookie jar without all the work and support the church's outreach projects at the same time. Info: Charlevoix.org


Dec 9…Country Music Show featuring the Sturgeon Valley Band at Indian River Eagles Club. Open to the public starting at 1pm, music 7-10pm. No charge. Food available. Info: 231-420-2691


Dec 9-10, 16-17…Photos with Santa Paws 11a-4pm at PetSmart-Traverse City. Bring your pet to visit $5 for a digital copy, donations benefit AC Paw. Info: acpaw.org


Dec 11-12…The Old Town Playhouse Young Company presents “The Secret Garden” 7pm, Traverse City. Admission $6. Info: traversecity.com


Dec 14…Men’s Night Holiday Shopping downtown Traverse City. Info: traversecity.com


Dec 16…Charlevoix Elks Hoop Shoot starts at 1:30-Round Lake Education Center. National free throw contest for youth ages 8-13yrs. Info: 231-838-2140


Dec 17…Jingle Bell 5K 5pm Warehouse District-Traverse City. A family fun, non-timed event. Bring the kids and celebrate the holidays during this fun run. Food & Refreshments Included 
Please bring a non-perishable food item for ACTS Food Pantry 
Festive Attire Encourages! (Prizes Available).  $15 pre-registration, $20 late. Info: traversecity.com




Help is available for Michigan homeowners to avoid foreclosure through Step Forward Michigan. Questions, call Lindsey 231-582-6436


Northern Care Center is a free medical center for the Cheboygan community that is struggling for health care.  Please call to schedule an appointment at 231-333-3019. They are located on the corner of State and Water Street in Cheboygan. Walk in clinic 1 & 3rd Tuesday, 10am register by 4pm. By appt 2 & 4th Thursday from 10a-2pm. Feb 28 10-2p by appt. March 9 10-2 by appt.



One in eight women will be affected by Breast Cancer this year. For women ages forty to sixty-four that need help getting routine cancer screenings, District Health Department #10 may be able to help. To see if you qualify, contact your local DHD#10 office or visit www.dhd10.org. Don’t forget to find District Health Department #10 on Facebook, too.”


Ongoing: Raven Hill Discovery Center opens to families for free the second Saturday each month. No groups or organizations. Open noon-4 p.m. Raven Hill is located at 4737 Fuller Rd., East Jordan. (231) 536-3369 or www.ravenhilldiscoverycenter.org.


TFN…Openings are available in the NEMCSA Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Volunteer Programs. Applicants must be over 55, income eligible and have reliable transportation. Info: 877-222-9043


Ongoing…The Cheboygan Parkinson Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 1pm (starting in August) at the Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan, 3rd Floor Conference room. Free to attend. For more info: 231-445-1595


Ongoing…First & 3rd Friday each month 6:30-8:30 Dance Class at the Area Seniors Inc Activity Center on Maple St-Bellaire. Learn and practice ballroom dance steps like the Waltz, Two-step, and Swing. Join in on Contra and Square Dances too. No experience. $5. Info:bellairechamber.com


TFN…Second Tuesday of every month – Cancer support group meets at the Salvation Army community room in Cheboygan at 7pm. Info: 231-537-2277


TFN…First Thursday of every month- Learn the medical aspects of cannabis 6:30-7:30p at the Cheboygan Library.


TFN…Every Saturday 10a-2pm Indoor Farmers Market at the Village at Grand Traverse Common-Traverse City. Free admission. Great local fare, Farm fresh eggs, fish, meats, milk, and cheese; fruits and veggies; homemade breads, pasta, and sweet treats; honey, preserves, maple syrup and MORE!. Info: thevillagetc.com


TFN…The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan would like to remind you that screening and early detection of breast and cervical cancer saves lives.  Visit www.itcmi.org/healthcenters today.


First Thursday of each month, the Munson Grief Support Group meets from noon-1p in conference room B at Munson Heathcare Charlevoix Hospital. No charge. Info: 231-547-8569


TFN…Free arts & crafts for all school aged kids from noon-3pm on the second Saturday of the month at the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts. Offering fun and original projects for each session. 125 E. Main-Gaylord. Info: 989-732-3242

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